December 25. Christmas comes on the same date every year. Then why do we feel so frazzled? We might need to reconsider not just how and who we serve, but why we serve. Imagine how our relationships could be strengthened if we perform each task we put our hands to as an act of service. Jesus Christ showed us how to serve.
"Be careful, sweetie,” my dad’s strong voice cautioned me to avoid the object in the road. He’d just removed the training wheels on my Schwinn; so even though I was seated securely on the banana seat, both hands on the handlebars, the front tire still wobbled a little. I focused intently on the path ahead, “Yes, Father,” I said. I veered to the left just a little and swerved to avoid the obstacle.
“Father is one of the most familiar and commonly used name of God."
However, some cannot relate to God as a caring, tender and involved dad, like mine, because they've been disappointed by their own negative personal paternal experiences. So what's the big deal about 'spiritual fatherlessness'? A lot.
All of us want a story that begins, “once upon a time” and ends “and they lived happily ever after.” The day the tragic motorcycle accident tore my husband Paul's physical presence from my arms, my world collapsed. My fairytale became a nightmare; my life as I knew it ended. With Paul's “promotion to heaven,” our marriage of twenty-eight years was over. I became a widow.
We don’t have to be victimized by our past, held captive to our thoughts or imprisoned by how others perceive us. Trusting God moves us ahead unhindered; our progress becomes secure as we apply God’s Word to our circumstances and allow Him to move us from deception to truth.